Elon Musk has taken the technology world by storm. But there is more to Elon Musk than just technology. Here are some fun facts that you probably didn’t know about him.
He was born in South Africa.
He was one of the co-founders of Paypal.
Elon Musk is inspired by Iron Man. Many scenes for Iron Man 2 were recorded inside and outside SpaceX.
Elon Musk is a born genius. He taught himself how to program at the tender age of 12 and developed and sold a video game for $ 500.
Elon Musk became an American citizen at the age of 31 in the year 2002.
Elon Musk did go to Stanford and left just after two days. As he wanted to take advantage of the internet boom at that time instead of studying.
Paypal was not the first company that Elon Musk created. The first company Elon Musk created was Zip2. The company at those infant dot com days provide online newspaper with business directories and maps. He sold that company in 1999 for a whopping $ 307 million.
The original name for Paypal was X.com which Elon Musk established back in 1999. It later became Paypal and was acquired by eBay via stock options, evaluated at a staggering $ 1.5 billion. Elon Musk got a fair share of $ 165 million out of that sale.
Musk was one of the co-founders of Tesla Motors, a company primarily built to design and manufacture state of the art electric sports cars.
The Model S of Tesla was independently tested by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and given a 5 star rating. The Model S was also able to win 5 star rating in the sub-categories as well.
Elon Musk is the main driving force behind businesses like SolarCity and SpaceX.
Initially Elon Musk struggled to get investments for SpaceX and had to spend all his own money to make it work. He went against all conventional business wisdom but eventually became successful.
Elon Musk has revolutionized the space travel by reducing costs by up to 90%.
Falcon rocket of SpaceX borrows is name as an inspiration from Star War’s Millennium Falcon.
Elon Musk married three times and has five sons. Two of his sons are twins and the other three are triplets.
Musk Foundation, formed by Elon Musk works on projects related to space exploration and finding sources for producing clean energy.
Elon Musk has also signed The Giving Pledge, pledging a promise to donate majority of his wealth for philanthropic efforts like many other billionaires did before.
Esquire Magazine has already named him among the 75 most influential people of the 21st century.
And in case you missed, Elon Musk had a guest appearance on famous cartoon show, The Simpsons.
He has also been awarded with the FAI Gold Space Medal in 2010 for designing the first private rocket which made it to the orbit. The award has previously been given to Neil Armstrong and is the highest award that this organization gives.
Hyperloop, a new and advanced transportation system, which is still in its infancy, has also been introduced by Elon Musk. It aims to help us travel at speeds exceeding 1000 kilometers per hour and for now would theoretically make it possible to travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles in half an hour.